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How do I copy files from my droplet to my PC for backup

I had someone build and deploy a project inside of a droplet. I realise that I do not have a backup of the files.

How can I take a copy of the files from the droplet? I have not worked with droplets before, so I am unaware of the process


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Hello, @lindymills

It’s pretty easy. You can use scp or rsync in order to do that.

To transfer a file from a remote machine to your local machine, run the following command:

scp -r username@10.10.0.1:/remote/directory/new_image.png /local/directory

you need to change the username and the IP address. To scp to a different port use:

scp -P 2222 -r username@10.10.0.1:/remote/directory/new_image.png /local/directory

Like scp, rsync is used to copy files either to or from a remote host, or locally on the current host.

rsync -avz user@10.10.0.1:/remote/directory/new_image.png /local/directory

To use rsync on different port:

rsync -avz -e "ssh -p $portNumber" user@10.10.0.1:/path/to/files/ /local/path/

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards, Alex